Bunker Hill Monument, Boston

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Set in Boston's National Historical Park, Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the first major conflict in the American Revolutionary War. Though popularly known as the Battle of Bunker Hill, most of the fighting of June 17, 1775, took place on Breed's Hill, where the monument stands today. You can climb 294 steps to the top of the 67 m (221 ft) granite obelisk to discover far-reaching views of the city. An adjacent lodge with exhibits explains more about the historic battle and houses a statue of Dr. Joseph Warren, a major-general who died during the battle's final assault. Use our Boston road trip planner to arrange your visit to Bunker Hill Monument and other attractions in Boston.
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  • 294 steps to the top, from where you can see lots of the ciry through windows. Don't recommended if you're claustrophobic at all. Very humid inside and the climbing can be exhaustive. The sir who work...  more »
  • As is the case with some sites this one was closed due to the weather. A statue of William Prescott graces the walkway to the monument. One can see why strategically Bunker Hill was a militarily signi...  more »
  • I have been to Boston several times & on my last summer trip several years ago we finally got to the "Bunker Hill Monument", which is part of "The Freedom Trail". Most of the actual fighting took plac...  more »
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  • It's one of the Freedom Trail sites and is instrumental in America's quest for independence from British rule. The elevation is not very high so it's not daunting to reach. The views are not quite scenic; you'll need a higher elevation for that. If you are doing the Freedom Trail tour and are coming from downtown Boston, you can walk for about 40 minutes or take a 20-minute bus ride. If you're coming from the USS Constitution, it's only a 10-minute walk.
  • While the stairs do provide a challenge for most, it's well worth it. The view you have of the city at the top is amazing. Don't underestimate the effort it'll take to get to the top though, bringing water wouldn't be a bad idea, especially during the summer!
  • Excellent way to get a view of Boston for free, and get good exercise in the process, as getting to the top requires climbing 294 steps, and there is no elevator. I did it twice on my first visit to Boston, and plan to do it many times in the future. It is also a great landmark of American history!
  • It is free to climb up to the top of the tower. Totally 294 stages. You can see the nice view on top of it. There is a small room at the ground of the monument that presents some drawings, weapons...etc to introduce the story of American Revolution. "Don't fire until you see whites of their eyes." This famous words came from bunker hill. There is a small museum just in front of the park, cross the street,
  • Great place with a short “hike”. There is a nice view on the top. Would give 5 stars if it was less crowded and the stairs were wider. Note: do not go up if you are afraid of dead birds. There are a lot

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